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Egg Recipes For Easter

Easter is coming soon! Are you planning to have an Easter party or just a simple gathering to enjoy the solemn occasion? Do you want simple food to serve without having to break the bank, and your back with all the preparations?

Here are some recipes to make for your simple Easter gathering:

Chunky Egg Salad

(Photo and recipe from Foodnetwork.com/copyright Television Food Network, G.P)

Ingredients

1/2 medium red onion, chopped
12 large eggs
1 stalk celery (with leaves), chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
1 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

In a small bowl, soak the onions in cold water, for 15 minutes. Drain.

Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, with a tight-fitting lid, place the eggs and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Cover the eggs, remove from the heat, and set aside for 8 minutes. Drain the water from the pan and cool the eggs in the pan under cold running water. Peel the eggs and cut into sixths.

In a large bowl, mix together the onion, celery, mayonnaise, dill, mustard, lemon juice, and salt.

Add the eggs to the mayonnaise mixture and gently mix them together. Season with pepper to taste. Use in sandwiches, with lettuce and tomatoes, or in a salad.

 

 

Brunch Style Eggs Benedict

(Photo and recipe from Kraftrecipes.com)

Ingredients

4 Italian bread slices
4 KRAFT Extra Thin Swiss Cheese Slices
8 slices OSCAR MAYER Deli Fresh Smoked Ham
4 whole eggs
1/4 cup butter
2 egg yolks
1-1/2 tsp. lemon juice
dash ground red pepper (cayenne)
1 cup loosely packed baby spinach leaves

Heat oven to 375°F.
Place bread slices in single layer on baking sheet; top with cheese and ham. Bake 10 min.
Meanwhile, poach whole eggs (See TIP.) While eggs are cooking, melt butter. Blend egg yolks, lemon juice and red pepper in blender on low speed 15 sec. or until well blended. With blender running, slowly add hot butter to egg mixture through feed hole at top of blender; continue to blend until thickened.
Cover toast slices with spinach just before serving; top with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.

 

Spinach, Ham & Cheese Omelet 

(Photo and recipe from: http://www.incredibleegg.org/)

2 EGGS
2 Tbsp. water
1 tsp. butter
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup shredded Italian cheese blend (1 oz.)
1/4 cup baby spinach
1/4 cup finely chopped ham
BEAT eggs and water in small bowl until blended.
HEAT butter in 6 to 8-inch nonstick omelet pan or skillet over medium-high heat until hot. TILT pan to coat bottom. POUR IN egg mixture. Mixture should set immediately at edges.
GENTLY PUSH cooked portions from edges toward the center with inverted turner so that uncooked eggs can reach the hot pan surface. CONTINUE cooking, tilting pan and gently moving cooked portions as needed.
When top surface of eggs is thickened and no visible liquid egg remains, SEASON with salt and pepper. PLACE cheese on one side of omelet; top with spinach and ham. FOLD omelet in half with turner. With a quick flip of the wrist, turn pan and INVERT or SLIDE omelet onto plate. SERVE immediately.

 

Quick and Easy Egg Drop Soup

(Photo and recipe from: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/ | recipe by Garrett McCord)

Homemade chicken stock is the best for this. Also, if you can’t locate any of the mushroom types indicated in the recipe, crimini (aka: baby bellas) will do just fine. Or, you can just leave them out all together.
Ingredients
3 eggs, lightly beaten
4 cups of chicken stock*
1 tablespoon of corn starch
Scant 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger**
1 tablespoon of soy sauce*
3 green onions, chopped
1/4 teaspoon of white pepper
3/4 cup of enoki mushrooms or sliced shitaki mushrooms
*If cooking gluten-free, use gluten-free stock and gluten-free soy sauce.

**Ginger is what makes the soup hot and spicy. Dial it down to 1/4 teaspoon if you want a more mild soup.
1 Make cornstarch slurry: Reserve 1/2 cup of the stock and mix with the cornstarch until dissolved.

2 Put stock, ginger, soy sauce, onions, mushrooms, white pepper in pot and bring to boil: Place the chicken stock, ginger, soy sauce, green onions, mushrooms and white pepper in a pot and bring to a boil. Add the cornstarch and stock mixture and stir. Reduce heat to a simmer.

3 Stir in beaten eggs: Slowly pour in the beaten eggs while stirring the soup. The egg will spread out into ribbons. Turn off the heat and garnish with a few more chopped green onions. Serve immediately.

 

Enjoy your meal!

(Due credit to the owners of the photos and recipes)

Banjo vs. Ukulele

I have seen a rise in the use of ukulele, from actors and actresses of the big screen, to musicians, and normal citizens. I remember owning a cute ukulele when I was young. I never learned how to use it but had it anyway.

Ukulele is a small guitar with very cute tune coming form a hollow body. It is a smaller version of a guitar but still uses nylon as strings.

Banjo, on the other hand is a round acoustic instrument. We usually see banjos in movies related to the wild west or the hill billies. It is perfect for folk, bluegrass, and country music. It has a circular body with a membrane covered by either a plastic or sometimes an animal skin. You can also find electric banjo – guitarcenter.com if you preferred an electric banjo.

Musical Instruments and Accessories

Many people are getting hooked on playing various kinds of musical instruments and that is a good thing. I think it is better to engage in music rather than get into vices that are not worthy of one’s time and effort.

If you are in the process of joining a musical band in school or learn a new hobby, you can start researching about various musical instruments and the accessories that go with them. See if your mindset is ready to pick up a new skill and follow that gut feel.

You can visit http://www.musiciansfriend.com/ site and see the many musical instruments offered. Check your budget as well and purchase the one that is best for you.

Spring Themed Mantle Display

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The gloominess of Winter is finally getting lifted in few weeks. We are excited to catch the vibrant Spring. Fret not as Spring is not too far from now. We can already see some buds coming and the crisp air of the new season is slowly making its presence felt.

If your mantle decoration has been stale for a while with all that wood burning to warm the whole place, maybe it time to clean the fireplace and start updating the decor to bring more vivid colours of Spring come to life.

Here are some inspirations I have taken from Pinterest to give you the right nudge on what to put on your mantle, what colour best compliment with what for Spring, and how to combine what you already have at home to create that perfect, lively Spring themed mantle decoration.

Small and flowers

Small house plants and vase full of flowers are good decorations to top your mantle after a long gloomy winter spell. It’s time to bring in some life into your home and add fine scent of sweetness too.

Some florists may already have early blooms for spring that you can put in a vase to accentuate your mantle. If you cannot find flowers at this time, put some small succulents plants in tiny and cute pots and line up your mantle to look like a little spring forest.


(Photo from costafarms.com)


 

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Candelabras and candles

We are very done with winter’s gray spell. It’s time to bring in the light with natural amber coming form beautiful candles and some sparkly or even rustic candelabras to hold those candles in place. You can use scented candles as well to let the sweet smell of spring linger at home.


(Photo credit: fireplacemall.com)


 

(Photo credit: room-decorating-ideas.com)


 

Lanterns

There are plenty of big lanterns in the home depot that brings extra drama while adding beauty to your home. I found some really nice lanterns that can be used to hold bigger candles or just act as plain decoration to spice up your mantle for spring.


(Photo credit: about-face-and-fashion.tumblr.com)

 

Banners

Banners are not just used to adorn a place when there are special events. You can also cut up some nice pictures, words to spell out Spring, or tie up old, spare fabrics on a yarn to add colour to your mantle place.


(Photo credit: dining-delight.blogspot.com)

 

(Photo credit: babble.com)

 

Eggs and other figurines

Spring is often associated with Easter because the latter usually happens during the period of Spring time. And with Easter decorations proliferating the home depot areas, it is so nice to brighten up the mantle place with either Spring or Easter themed decors.

You can choose some cute egg decors, or some bunny figurines to place on top of the mantle as your focal point. You can also use other spring related figurines like birds, and other critters.


(Photo credit: bhg.com)


(Photo credit: wunderweib.de)

 

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Stylish Casual Wear For Mommies On-The-Go

Who says mommies cannot be stylish while doing errands for the whole family? Being a mom entails a lot of hard work, patience, time, effort, and sacrifices. Oftentimes, these sacrifices will include the right to look and be decent for our family and to the rest of the society.

Mommies can be very busy with a lot of things in their plate to handle. However, I seriously believe that even if mommies’ appointment books are brimming with activities and errands to fulfill, we should still look our very best.

You can find plenty of stylish and very chic wear at StyleWe for the mommies on the go. The outfits you choose will depend on the kind of trendy mom-on-the-go you are. So, here are some selections for the mommies on-the-go that you can take inspiration from.

 

Sporty moms-on-the-go

These outfits are perfect for the super active moms-on-the-go who loves engaging in sports themselves and with their kids. Rubber shoes and the athleisure wear is the perfect combination look for the active mommies. This is designed for casual and sporty events that allows mommies-on-the-go to move freely while being active.

 

Lady Boss moms-on-the-go

The perfect ensemble for a lady boss kind of mom-on-the-go would be crisp fabric for
blouses, a denim jeans or a nice comfortable trousers with a flat shoes and some nice bags with top handles.

 

Glam moms-on-the-go

Oh, the glam moms would have to love being dolled up even if they are just running errands for the family. Why? I say, why not? Anything dressy with a touch of shine will be great for the glam moms and they neither won’t mind running on stilettos!

 

Southern Belle moms-on-the-go

The typical casual get up of the Southern Belle moms-on-the-go are billowy dresses or blouses that flow that give them the feel of a true lady. These dresses are downright lady-like and really nice to wear especially on summer weather!

 

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